The mission of the WRCCRF is to provide a facility, canopy access, and data/information for those wishing to better understand the forest canopy within the context of forest science and management in its broadest sense. This will be accomplished by expediting canopy research, fostering an environment for interaction and exchange of canopy information among scientists, and to those outside the scientific community, and providing a training area for those interested in canopy studies. The WRCCRF is cooperatively managed by the University of Washington, College of Forest Resources, US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, and US Forest Service Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Latitude: North 45 49' 13.76", Longitude: West 121 57' 06.88"
Two suspended personnel baskets (gondolas): Eight person, 2,000 lbs limit, and a four person, 1,000 lbs limit.
Major projects include research on the carbon cycle, especially carbon exchange between the forest and the atmosphere, as well as the processes which control this. Also includes research on the vertical structure of the forest canopy, tree ecophysiology, processes of aging, vertical occurance of avifauna, dwarf mistletoes, epiphytes, microclimate, insects, herbivory, and foliage disease.
Major projects include research on vertical structure of the forest canopy, tree ecophysiology, vertical patterns of forest bats, vertical occurrence of avifauna, dwarf mistletoes, microclimate, epiphytes, insects, and herbivory.